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Nomad Spotlight: 7 Questions for Julien From Go-Van

The story of Quebecer Julien Roussin-Côté will motivate any aspiring nomad. Imagine waking up at sunrise surrounded by nature. The next day, you start your day off with a surf session on a remote beach. The next week, you enjoy your morning brew while facing the vastness of a canyon. I could go on, but I think you’re starting to get the point! Living aboard a campervan has many, many benefits.

Nouveau-Mexique van - Portrait de nomade : 7 questions à Julien de Go-Van - Nomad Junkies
Photo: Guillaume Beaudoin

On the road for a few years already, Julien is the founder of Go-Van, a website promoting the VanLife movement. He also organizes events and gathering of van owners from all over at campgrounds for meetups called El Campo.

Julien, the eternal nomad, reveals to us a bit more about his passion for travelling.

What Do You Do in Life to Travel So Much?

I think that I’ve developed an addiction to being on the road! This led me to the creation of a web magazine called Go-Van.com. I built a community of “road trippers” who share their travel stories. It’s surprising to see so many people adopting this alternative lifestyle where they literally live in their vehicle full-time.

I also manage an online shop for Go-Van fans!

Désert Westfalia - Portrait de nomade : 7 questions à Julien de Go-Van - Nomad Junkies
Photo: Simon Stiles

What Led You to Adopt this Nomadic Lifestyle?

The moment I purchased my first van, I fell in love with the freedom you get from owning such vehicles. Every time I came back home, I would slowly get rid of some material belongings. Eventually, I felt like my condo was becoming useless… I even started renting it out for short-term periods while I was living in my van in Montreal. I finally moved full-time in my vehicle and it was an excellent decision!

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Photo: Guillaume Beaudoin

How Does Your Entourage Perceive Your Lifestyle?

I come from a family of entrepreneurs, so they’re not too worried for me… although my mom still sheds a few tears when I take the road for a couple of weeks! I’ve reached the age where everyone around me is popping babies and buying big houses. I respect their choices, but I have a different path traced out for myself. Many friends met up with me for a few days during my adventures and they all loved it! I’m really blessed to have such a supportive network.

The growing #VanLife community is also amazing. Over the years, I’ve developed a network of partners and contributors from all over the world. Most of them, I would consider as close friends now.

Roy's Westfalia - Portrait de nomade : 7 questions à Julien de Go-Van - Nomad Junkies
Photo: Simon Stiles

Which Countries Have You Visited So Far, and Which One Is Your Favourite?

I travelled a lot before launching Go-Van, including a six-month backpacking trip through South America. Now that I’m moving around in my van, my most recent adventures led me mostly to the States and Canada. I only have 10 American States and 1 Canadian province left to visit to say that I’ve set foot everywhere in North America.

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Photo: Ariane Moisan

I understand Canadians for wanting to travel to Asia and anywhere else, but there are so many majestic places to see here at home and south of the border… It still shocks me every time!

If I had to pick an absolute favourite place, I would choose the National Parks from the West Coast like Joshua Tree (CA) or Monument Valley (UT/AZ), and obviously Banff and Jasper in Canada. I would also hand out an honourable mention to Nova Scotia, which, in my opinion, is still unknown. The Bay of Fundy and the surf spots in the area of Laurencetown also deserve a mention.

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Photo: Renaud Furlotte

What’s Your Life’s Motto?

I love meeting passionate people that lead many lives, so I would say:

Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.

Champs Alberta - Portrait de nomade : 7 questions à Julien de Go-Van - Nomad Junkies
Photo: Renaud Furlotte

Otherwise, since I want to see absolutely everything there is to be seen, I sometimes extend my initial itinerary and I’m regularly late, so I would add:

Rarely on time, but always in the right direction!

What Advice Would You Give to Anyone Wanting to Travel Full-Time?

It is my view that it’s possible to travel all the while building a project, whether it’s a business or anything else. I was often under the impression that some travellers are motivated by the idea of escaping reality and that’s when you’ll eventually hit a wall. There will come a time when you won’t know why you’re moving around so much.

Travelling brings a lot of challenges so, you have to be passionate for the right reasons.

Alberta - Portrait de nomade : 7 questions à Julien de Go-Van - Nomad Junkies
Photo: Renaud Furlotte

What Can We Wish You for the Future?

Not so many mechanical problems and a lot more discoveries!

I also invite anyone who would like to get started for a life on the road to contact us or to subscribe to our “Keep me in the loop” newsletter on Go-Van.

Stay connected with the #VanLife movement and Julien’s adventures by following him on Go-Van.com, Facebook and Instagram.

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Safia Dodardhttps://www.nomadjunkies.com
Je voyage parce que je suis accro au mode de vie nomade . J'ai quitté mon emploi en agence de pub pour explorer le monde, d'abord en backpack solo et maintenant avec ma petite famille. Rejoins notre communauté de nomades sur Facebook, Twitter et Instagram.
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